A Taste of Ireland Food Journey with Hudson Valley Chef, Agnes Devereux July 2-10, 2018

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West and south coasts of Ireland | Clare, Kerry, Tipperary, Cork, Waterford | 9 days plus optional Dublin extension

A Taste of Ireland Food Journey with Hudson Valley Chef, Agnes Devereux July 2-10, 2018
Hosted Tour: July 02 - 10, 2018

Reward your senses by savoring the artisanal food movement of the Emerald Isle. Sample the best natural bounty Ireland has to offer across its southern and southwestern coasts. Engage with local artisanal producers and purveyors. Visit farmers’ markets and take in iconic sights along the way. Learn traditional methods through unique culinary experiences under the watchful eye of expert chefs. Relax and enjoy luxury accommodations throughout your journey.

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"A masterful job in creating and arranging such a phenomenal trip..."

– - P.J. Fitzgerald
Call 800.832.1848 or 212.757.5797 to talk to one of our destination experts or email us and start planning the perfect trip today.
Price: $3,495 sharing, single $490 additional

Highlights

Experience the richness of the land through lush gardens and epic scenery, share in the bounty of farms with producers, go behind the scenes with prestigious chefs, all the while in the company of Irish-born and raised, decorated Hudson Valley chef Agnes Devereux.

CustomerSupport
To customize this itinerary, talk to one of our destination experts on 800.832.1848 or 212.757.5797.
  • Visit the mighty Cliffs of Moher and the lunar-like landscape of the Burren in Co. Clare
  • Experience the terroir of world-renowned cheese makers and fish smokers
  • Visit the grounds and gardens of a castle built in the twelfth century by King John
  • Ferry across the River Shannon
  • Tour the spectacular Dingle Peninsula, see dolphins & seals
  • Stay two nights and dine in Ireland’s first Michelin Star pub
  • Bring home classic styles from Blarney Woolen Mills
  • See wild orchids blooming and visit a perfumery
  • Tour and taste at a whiskey distillery
  • View the Rock of Cashel, once the crowning stone for Ireland’s medieval bishops & kings
  • Partake in a private cooking class and demonstration with Irish and American chefs
  • Join an artisanal chocolatier for some sweet talking and tasting
  • Meander through charming fishing villages in Cork renowned for culinary excellence
  • Sample fresh goods at the famed English Market in Cork City and at local farmers’ markets
  • Visit a wild boar farm in Tipperary
  • Explore the exquisite gardens of elegant manor houses
  • Meet local characters, hear their stories, learn the provenance of some of Ireland’s rich produce
To read more about Agnes Devereux, distinguished Hudson Valley chef and host for the Taste of Ireland tour, click here

Map


Taste of Ireland Map

Included in This Tour

 

  • Tour hosted by celebrated NY chef and Irish native
  • 7-nights hotel accommodations with private bath on sharing or single basis
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Private coach transportation throughout the trip
  • Services of a professional driver guide
  • Private airport transfers to and from Shannon Airport
  • Additional meals included: 4 Dinners and 4 Lunches with gratuities
  • On site guides and admissions as on itinerary
  • Private cooking demonstration by Dermot Gannon and Agnes, as well as discussions with purveyors throughout the trip
Not Included: Airfare, travel insurance, and items of a personal nature.

From Our Blog

  • Hudson Valley to Europe – Get on Board!

    By Stephanie Santagada, resident blogger for the Destinations Team

     

    “There’s a part of me that thinks perhaps we go on existing in a place even after we’ve left it.” – Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin
    Whether you are the ... Read More


Day 1 – July 02, Mon: Depart U. S. for Ireland.

 

Day 2 – July 03, Tue:  Arrive at Shannon Airport.  Meet your driver and luxury coach, get acquainted with the group. Start the day with a visit to a goat farm and world-class cheese makers. Meet the goats and enjoy an excellent cheese tasting. Then travel to the iconic and stunning Cliffs of Moher for your first blast of air from the Atlantic.  We will enjoy a delicious pub lunch in the quaint village of Doolin. Connect with your new travel friends at a cocktail reception this evening, then dinner independently in the local village, with our suggestions. Stay 2-nights at Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna, Ireland’s first Michelin Star Pub! (L)

 

Day 3 – July 04, Wed: Savor a delicious breakfast, then take an exhilarating guided walk on the lunar like landscape of the Burren, home to 22 species of wild orchid and over 300 Stone Age fireplaces. We visit one of Ireland’s best known smoked fish houses to learn the process and enjoy a tasting. Visit the Burren Perfumery which harvests local wild flowers to make moisturizers and other skin care products.  Enjoy free time this afternoon to relax and explore. Delicious dinner tonight with the group at Wild Honey Inn. (B, D)

 

Day 4 – July 05, Thu: We depart Clare after breakfast and take a scenic car-ferry across the Shannon Estuary into County Kerry, and continue south to tour the spectacular Dingle Peninsula. Legendary landscapes, ancient dwellings, and breathtaking sea views await along the Slea Head Drive. We will learn some fascinating history followed by a tour and tasting at the Dingle Brewing Company. Free time this afternoon to explore the colorful fishing town of Dingle and sample its many culinary gems.  Continue to the lovely Aghadoe Heights Hotel which overlooks the Lakes of Killarney, for a 2-night stay. This evening the group will savor Kerry’s freshest ingredients and artisan produce in The Lake Room restaurant at our hotel. (B, D)

 

Day 5 – July 06, Fri: We travel west over the Healy Pass this morning to a farmers’ market to meet local producers and sample some of their delicious fresh wares. We will then venture into beautiful local mountains for a visit and tasting at the iconic Durrus Cheese. Enjoy lunch in the charming sailing village of Schull. Then we visit the magnificent Bantry House and Gardens. This centuries-old manor house has a unique history, even being used as a hospital during the Irish Civil War, and it boasts splendidly manicured gardens. This afternoon we will enjoy a tasting at artisanal chocolate maker, Lorge Chocolates, then free time to stretch the legs with a walk in Kenmare. Evening free for dinner with our suggestions in the bustling town of Killarney. (B, L)

 

Day 6 – July 07, Sat: We depart this morning for Cork, known as Ireland’s Food Capital, with our first stop at Blarney Woolen Mills for a little shopping to catch up with the latest fashions and a coffee break. Then we head into Cork City to enjoy an overview and a visit to the renowned English Market, before heading to Kinsale for an overnight at Acton’s Hotel.  Free time this evening to explore and eat with recommendations in this picturesque sailing and fishing town.  (B, L)

 

Day 7 – July 08, Sun: Today we visit the Midleton Distillery where major Irish whiskeys are produced, or stop at the Lismore Farmers Market where we can gather fresh local items for a picnic lunch. After lunch, enjoy a visit to Lismore Castle Gardens and Art Gallery in County Waterford. The Castle and grounds have a rich history, built by King John in 1185, owned by Sir Walter Raleigh, and frequented by Edmund Spenser, inspiring the writing of The Faerie Queene!  Stay 2-nights in scenic Clogheen, County Tipperary at the elegant Old Convent. Dinner tonight is a special Tasting Menu! (B, D)

 

Day 8 – July 09, Mon: Set out today for the historic marvel that is the Rock of Cashel, and then explore the natural wonder of Mitchelstown Caves. After lunch we then visit a local orchard and wild boar farm, and time permitting, a special private garden. Back to the Old Convent for some foraging before dinner.  This evening’s special event will be a wine tasting and cooking demonstration with Agnes and Old Convent owner and award-winning chef, Dermot Gannon, followed by our final supper in Ireland together. (B, D)

 

Day 9 – July 10, Tue: After a hearty breakfast, we strike out for Shannon Airport for return flights home. (B)

 

 

Trip Extension Idea!

While in Ireland, why not take advantage and extend your stay for a customized gourmet experience in Dublin along with a wide array of cultural activities offered in Ireland’s historic, dynamic capital city.

 

CustomerSupport

To customize this itinerary, talk to one of our destination experts on 800.832.1848 or 212.757.5797.






Hotels

Actons Hotel, Kinsale

Actons of Kinsale is situated in heart of the colourful historic harbour town of Kinsale also referred to as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland. Actons is the oldest hotel in Kinsale originally established in 1946 by two sisters, Sidney and Shelia Acton and since then has become an integral part of Kinsale town. This hotel overlooks Kinsale Harbour and Yacht Club allowing you to wake up to the twinkling sound of yacht masts. This contemporary boutique style hotel comprises 74 en suite bedrooms including a bridal and family suites, Sidney’s Bar & Brasserie offer all day dinning, Fisher St Restaurant, Health & Leisure Club with fully equipped gym, swimming pool, sauna & steam room and treatment rooms.




Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa, Killarney, County Kerry

Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa is Ireland′s award winning 5 star luxury resort that overlooks the Lakes of Killarney in the heart of Kerry. Blessed with a breathtaking location and contemporary elegance, Aghadoe Heights Hotel provides a truly unique experience. The spectacular surroundings are echoed by the hotel′s beautifully appointed bedrooms, suites, lounges, fine dining room, spa, swimming pool and tennis courts.


The Old Convent

Owned and operated since 2005 by Dermot Gannon, Food & Wine Magazine’s Best Chef in Southern Ireland 2015, The Old Convent is nestled at the foot of the Knockmealdown Mountains in beautiful County Tipperary. The House is a unique destination for those seeking elegant accommodation, Irish artisan cuisine, refreshing walks in the picturesque countryside and a convenient location to explore local antiquities and natural amenities. The Convent was constructed in 1885 when the Sisters of Mercy were asked to take charge of Clogheen Workhouse. Stroll through the mature gardens, explore the Vee Gap with a scenic mountain drive or hill walk, relax by the fire, and enjoy a delicious meal in the Chapel dining room.




Wild Honey Inn

Owned and run by the McGrath family, Wild Honey Inn dates from 1860 in the small town of Lisdoonvarna, and has a wealth of old world charm and character, including open log fires. It was completely refurbished in 2009 to blend contemporary and traditional styling in the unique setting of the Burren, but still staying a proper ‘pub’. Kate Sweeney and Aidan McGrath combine modern comforts for the traveller with the intimacy of a family-run inn. They look forward to welcoming you. It's been Aidan McGrath's ambition for quite some time to promote and raise the standard of pub dining in Ireland. And his hard work and determination has not gone un-noticed. Aidan won a Michelin Star for his robust and confident cooking in the Michelin Guide, Great Britain and Ireland 2018.




Travel Tips & FAQs

Ireland

Passports & Visas
To enter the Republic or Northern Ireland, you need a valid passport. While e-passports are commonly used now, they are not a necessity to enter Ireland. UK citizens do not require a passport to enter Ireland, but carriers by air or sea require some form of identification with a photograph (usually either a passport or driving license with photo).

Citizens of the EEA member states (the 27 countries of the European Union EU, together with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) and many other countries including USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand do not require visas to gain entry to Republic or Northern Ireland.

What to Pack
Bring a sweater, even in summer; waterproofs to accompany all outdoor activities; sunglasses; comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella. The weather is changeable so go for layers that you can put on or take off as the temperature changes.

Weather
February to April: Highest temperatures range from 46 to 54°F
May to July: Highest temperatures are between 64 and 68°F
August to October: Highest temperatures hit between 64 and 57°F.
Winter air temperatures inland normally reach 46°F, while the coldest months are January and February.
April & September are considered the most pleasant and temperate months.

Currency
In the Republic of Ireland, the official currency is the euro (€). One euro consists of 100 cent. In Northern Ireland, pound sterling is the local currency (£). One pound sterling consists of 100 pence.

Gratuities
Gratuities and tips are discretionary and are not usually included in a bill. The general custom is to give 10% to serving staff in restaurants. Cafes might have a collection box at the till and bar staff are not tipped but you are free to offer “have one for yourself”.

Emergency Services
Police, Fire, Ambulance:
Republic of Ireland, Telephone: 112 or 999
Northern Ireland, Telephone: 999

Gadgets
Plugs in Ireland are three-pronged, the same as in the UK and the electricity supply is also 230v. Adapters are widely available, and it’s a good idea to bring a couple for your various gadgets.

Public Transportation
National Coaches
Republic of Ireland: Bus Eireann
Northern Ireland: Translink

Dublin Buses
Leap Visitor Card is a prepaid pass that allows you to travel on all Dublin Bus, Airlink 747 buses as well as the Luas Light Railway Tram and DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) for up to 3 days.

Railways
Republic of Ireland: Irish Rail
Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Railways
The Dart (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) covers Dublin’s coast and city area from Howth and Malahide in north County Dublin via Dun Laoghaire in south County Dublin to Greystones in County Wicklow.
Luas light rail/tram service travels across the south and west of Dublin city including the city center areas.

Time Zone
Ireland functions on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). During the summer it becomes GMT+1, that’s Irish Standard Time (IST) in the Republic and British Summer Time (BST) in Northern Ireland.
For example, New York is Irish Time -5 hours & Los Angeles is Irish Time -8 hours.

Language
English is commonly used throughout Ireland although Irish is the official language and there are Irish speaking areas called the Gaeltacht where it is the predominant language.

Driving
You will need either a full valid national driving license or an international driving permit. Cars in Ireland drive on the left-hand side of the road and both driver and passengers are required to wear seat belts at all times by law. Signposts in Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) areas are written in Irish (Gaelic) so familiarise yourself with both English and Irish spellings before you set off for those parts. Northern Ireland uses miles per hour, while the Republic of Ireland uses kilometers for signage and speed limits.

Vaccinations
There are no vaccinations required to visit Ireland.


Testimonials

“Back from a great golf trip and thanks so much for your assistance. Hotels were outstanding and made for a wonderful relaxing trip.”
– Tim Dudich


“I wanted to let you know that our trip was one for the ages. We had more fun than I could have imagined.”
– Herb Bennett


“To say our group had an awesome time on our trip would be the understatement of the century.”
– John C. Granzow, CIMA


“I will have no hesitation in recommending your company for future use! I felt as if you and your company gave us top notch customer service and never batted an eye for what may have been odd questions – that type of service is hard to find. You really gave us personal service!”
– Leslie Wajda


“Trip was great – accommodations excellent.”
– Kathleen McCormack-Batterson


“This note is to praise Destinations Ireland and our driver, James Finn, who truly made our trip a pleasure!”
– Donna Long


“The trip was really great.  You did a fabulous job of picking the properties. Scotland is beautiful! It was a great trip. You scored again! Can’t wait for our next adventure.”
– Libby McGriff


“I wanted to let you know that the accommodations were fabulous throughout our trip. We were completely blown away, what a magnificent find. The house is simply breathtaking. A word on the drivers. I could not have asked for more accommodating or entertaining gentleman to escort us around. They were full of information, great stories, and advice. Really, really just wonderful guys all around.”
– Susanne McNeill


“A masterful job in creating and arranging such a phenomenal trip…”
– P.J. Fitzgerald


“We had a “dream trip” and you/your organization were a large part it making it all happen. Everything went smoothly and was more than we ever imagined! We are already talking about a return trip in a few years! Have to save our money. 🙂 Thanks again for all you did for us.”
– Nancy Capocy


“I cannot express how much I appreciate you making all the arrangements with such short notice & I just wanted to say Thank you again for all your help.”
– Susan Sanford


“All I do is talk about the wonderful trip, sites and your company and how we couldn’t have been happier with all the arrangements and people who set this wonderful trip up. Again thank you!!!”
– Janet Jenrick


“We had a wonderful time in Ireland and I appreciate all the reservations you made and the guidance your gave us.”
– Monica Kobasic


“I wanted to thank you for arranging a great trip to Scotland. The Channings, Culloden House, and Roxburghe House were fantastic…the best of accommodations, food, and customer service”
– Trina Girimont


“I wanted to thank you and Destinations Ireland and Beyond. We had an amazing experience. We loved all the hotels that you set us up with. Thank you for being so insightful, quickly giving us a speed course of Ireland and helping us decide where to go and what to see. I would highly recommend Destinations Ireland and Beyond as the best travel agency!”
– Donna and Ira Spector


“A lot of beautiful memories. THANK YOU for all of your planning and attention to detail,”
– Kathy Ross


“I just wanted to send you a thank you for all you did to make our trip the best! It was beyond our expectations! We loved all of our accommodations. I can’t say that I have a favorite because it all was perfect. We were not ready to come home and all look forward to visiting Ireland again.”
– Peg Cozzolino


“I want to THANK ALL OF YOU FOR A WONDERFUL TRIP. Ronelle and I had a marvelous time.”
– P.J. “Paul” Nicholson


“Thank You! for all your help arranging a wonderful visit to Ireland.”
– Ron & Jennifer Spielman


“Tim and I had a wonderful trip to Ireland thanks to your wonderful suggestions and arrangements. Everything was just perfect. We truly had a wonderful trip and are grateful for your services.”
– Jenny Popp


“Thank you for the great job you did arranging our trip to Ireland. Everything went wonderfully and the accommodations were the best.”
– Elizabeth Zechman


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Highlights

Experience the richness of the land through lush gardens and epic scenery, share in the bounty of farms with producers, go behind the scenes with prestigious chefs, all the while in the company of Irish-born and raised, decorated Hudson Valley chef Agnes Devereux.

CustomerSupport
To customize this itinerary, talk to one of our destination experts on 800.832.1848 or 212.757.5797.
  • Visit the mighty Cliffs of Moher and the lunar-like landscape of the Burren in Co. Clare
  • Experience the terroir of world-renowned cheese makers and fish smokers
  • Visit the grounds and gardens of a castle built in the twelfth century by King John
  • Ferry across the River Shannon
  • Tour the spectacular Dingle Peninsula, see dolphins & seals
  • Stay two nights and dine in Ireland’s first Michelin Star pub
  • Bring home classic styles from Blarney Woolen Mills
  • See wild orchids blooming and visit a perfumery
  • Tour and taste at a whiskey distillery
  • View the Rock of Cashel, once the crowning stone for Ireland’s medieval bishops & kings
  • Partake in a private cooking class and demonstration with Irish and American chefs
  • Join an artisanal chocolatier for some sweet talking and tasting
  • Meander through charming fishing villages in Cork renowned for culinary excellence
  • Sample fresh goods at the famed English Market in Cork City and at local farmers’ markets
  • Visit a wild boar farm in Tipperary
  • Explore the exquisite gardens of elegant manor houses
  • Meet local characters, hear their stories, learn the provenance of some of Ireland’s rich produce

To read more about Agnes Devereux, distinguished Hudson Valley chef and host for the Taste of Ireland tour, click here

Included in This Tour

 

  • Tour hosted by celebrated NY chef and Irish native
  • 7-nights hotel accommodations with private bath on sharing or single basis
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Private coach transportation throughout the trip
  • Services of a professional driver guide
  • Private airport transfers to and from Shannon Airport
  • Additional meals included: 4 Dinners and 4 Lunches with gratuities
  • On site guides and admissions as on itinerary
  • Private cooking demonstration by Dermot Gannon and Agnes, as well as discussions with purveyors throughout the trip
Not Included: Airfare, tips, travel insurance, and items of a personal nature.

Flight Information

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Airfare is Additional
Take the hassle out of booking flights. Ask about our best available Economy Fares as well as our Preferred Business and First Class Offers. Our air department experts can help with competitive rates. Just let us know your preferred dates and U.S. Departure City. We will do the rest.

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From Our Blog

  • Hudson Valley to Europe – Get on Board!

    By Stephanie Santagada, resident blogger for the Destinations Team

     

    “There’s a part of me that thinks perhaps we go on existing in a place even after we’ve left it.” – Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin
    Whether you are the ... Read More



Day 1 – July 02, Mon: Depart U. S. for Ireland.

 

Day 2 – July 03, Tue:  Arrive at Shannon Airport.  Meet your driver and luxury coach, get acquainted with the group. Start the day with a visit to a goat farm and world-class cheese makers. Meet the goats and enjoy an excellent cheese tasting. Then travel to the iconic and stunning Cliffs of Moher for your first blast of air from the Atlantic.  We will enjoy a delicious pub lunch in the quaint village of Doolin. Connect with your new travel friends at a cocktail reception this evening, then dinner independently in the local village, with our suggestions. Stay 2-nights at Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna, Ireland’s first Michelin Star Pub! (L)

 

Day 3 – July 04, Wed: Savor a delicious breakfast, then take an exhilarating guided walk on the lunar like landscape of the Burren, home to 22 species of wild orchid and over 300 Stone Age fireplaces. We visit one of Ireland’s best known smoked fish houses to learn the process and enjoy a tasting. Visit the Burren Perfumery which harvests local wild flowers to make moisturizers and other skin care products.  Enjoy free time this afternoon to relax and explore. Delicious dinner tonight with the group at Wild Honey Inn. (B, D)

 

Day 4 – July 05, Thu: We depart Clare after breakfast and take a scenic car-ferry across the Shannon Estuary into County Kerry, and continue south to tour the spectacular Dingle Peninsula. Legendary landscapes, ancient dwellings, and breathtaking sea views await along the Slea Head Drive. We will learn some fascinating history followed by a tour and tasting at the Dingle Brewing Company. Free time this afternoon to explore the colorful fishing town of Dingle and sample its many culinary gems.  Continue to the lovely Aghadoe Heights Hotel which overlooks the Lakes of Killarney, for a 2-night stay. This evening the group will savor Kerry’s freshest ingredients and artisan produce in The Lake Room restaurant at our hotel. (B, D)

 

Day 5 – July 06, Fri: We travel west over the Healy Pass this morning to a farmers’ market to meet local producers and sample some of their delicious fresh wares. We will then venture into beautiful local mountains for a visit and tasting at the iconic Durrus Cheese. Enjoy lunch in the charming sailing village of Schull. Then we visit the magnificent Bantry House and Gardens. This centuries-old manor house has a unique history, even being used as a hospital during the Irish Civil War, and it boasts splendidly manicured gardens. This afternoon we will enjoy a tasting at artisanal chocolate maker, Lorge Chocolates, then free time to stretch the legs with a walk in Kenmare. Evening free for dinner with our suggestions in the bustling town of Killarney. (B, L)

 

Day 6 – July 07, Sat: We depart this morning for Cork, known as Ireland’s Food Capital, with our first stop at Blarney Woolen Mills for a little shopping to catch up with the latest fashions and a coffee break. Then we head into Cork City to enjoy an overview and a visit to the renowned English Market, before heading to Kinsale for an overnight at Acton’s Hotel.  Free time this evening to explore and eat with recommendations in this picturesque sailing and fishing town.  (B, L)

 

Day 7 – July 08, Sun: Today we visit the Midleton Distillery where major Irish whiskeys are produced, or stop at the Lismore Farmers Market where we can gather fresh local items for a picnic lunch. After lunch, enjoy a visit to Lismore Castle Gardens and Art Gallery in County Waterford. The Castle and grounds have a rich history, built by King John in 1185, owned by Sir Walter Raleigh, and frequented by Edmund Spenser, inspiring the writing of The Faerie Queene!  Stay 2-nights in scenic Clogheen, County Tipperary at the elegant Old Convent. Dinner tonight is a special Tasting Menu! (B, D)

 

Day 8 – July 09, Mon: Set out today for the historic marvel that is the Rock of Cashel, and then explore the natural wonder of Mitchelstown Caves. After lunch we then visit a local orchard and wild boar farm, and time permitting, a special private garden. Back to the Old Convent for some foraging before dinner.  This evening’s special event will be a wine tasting and cooking demonstration with Agnes and Old Convent owner and award-winning chef, Dermot Gannon, followed by our final supper in Ireland together. (B, D)

 

Day 9 – July 10, Tue: After a hearty breakfast, we strike out for Shannon Airport for return flights home. (B)

 

 

Trip Extension Idea!

While in Ireland, why not take advantage and extend your stay for a customized gourmet experience in Dublin along with a wide array of cultural activities offered in Ireland’s historic, dynamic capital city.

 

CustomerSupport
To customize this itinerary, talk to one of our destination experts on 800.832.1848 or 212.757.5797.





Hotels

Actons Hotel, Kinsale

Actons of Kinsale is situated in heart of the colourful historic harbour town of Kinsale also referred to as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland. Actons is the oldest hotel in Kinsale originally established in 1946 by two sisters, Sidney and Shelia Acton and since then has become an integral part of Kinsale town. This hotel overlooks Kinsale Harbour and Yacht Club allowing you to wake up to the twinkling sound of yacht masts. This contemporary boutique style hotel comprises 74 en suite bedrooms including a bridal and family suites, Sidney’s Bar & Brasserie offer all day dinning, Fisher St Restaurant, Health & Leisure Club with fully equipped gym, swimming pool, sauna & steam room and treatment rooms.




Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa, Killarney, County Kerry

Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa is Ireland′s award winning 5 star luxury resort that overlooks the Lakes of Killarney in the heart of Kerry. Blessed with a breathtaking location and contemporary elegance, Aghadoe Heights Hotel provides a truly unique experience. The spectacular surroundings are echoed by the hotel′s beautifully appointed bedrooms, suites, lounges, fine dining room, spa, swimming pool and tennis courts.


The Old Convent

Owned and operated since 2005 by Dermot Gannon, Food & Wine Magazine’s Best Chef in Southern Ireland 2015, The Old Convent is nestled at the foot of the Knockmealdown Mountains in beautiful County Tipperary. The House is a unique destination for those seeking elegant accommodation, Irish artisan cuisine, refreshing walks in the picturesque countryside and a convenient location to explore local antiquities and natural amenities. The Convent was constructed in 1885 when the Sisters of Mercy were asked to take charge of Clogheen Workhouse. Stroll through the mature gardens, explore the Vee Gap with a scenic mountain drive or hill walk, relax by the fire, and enjoy a delicious meal in the Chapel dining room.




Wild Honey Inn

Owned and run by the McGrath family, Wild Honey Inn dates from 1860 in the small town of Lisdoonvarna, and has a wealth of old world charm and character, including open log fires. It was completely refurbished in 2009 to blend contemporary and traditional styling in the unique setting of the Burren, but still staying a proper ‘pub’. Kate Sweeney and Aidan McGrath combine modern comforts for the traveller with the intimacy of a family-run inn. They look forward to welcoming you. It's been Aidan McGrath's ambition for quite some time to promote and raise the standard of pub dining in Ireland. And his hard work and determination has not gone un-noticed. Aidan won a Michelin Star for his robust and confident cooking in the Michelin Guide, Great Britain and Ireland 2018.




Travel Tips & FAQs

Ireland

Passports & Visas
To enter the Republic or Northern Ireland, you need a valid passport. While e-passports are commonly used now, they are not a necessity to enter Ireland. UK citizens do not require a passport to enter Ireland, but carriers by air or sea require some form of identification with a photograph (usually either a passport or driving license with photo).

Citizens of the EEA member states (the 27 countries of the European Union EU, together with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) and many other countries including USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand do not require visas to gain entry to Republic or Northern Ireland.

What to Pack
Bring a sweater, even in summer; waterproofs to accompany all outdoor activities; sunglasses; comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella. The weather is changeable so go for layers that you can put on or take off as the temperature changes.

Weather
February to April: Highest temperatures range from 46 to 54°F
May to July: Highest temperatures are between 64 and 68°F
August to October: Highest temperatures hit between 64 and 57°F.
Winter air temperatures inland normally reach 46°F, while the coldest months are January and February.
April & September are considered the most pleasant and temperate months.

Currency
In the Republic of Ireland, the official currency is the euro (€). One euro consists of 100 cent. In Northern Ireland, pound sterling is the local currency (£). One pound sterling consists of 100 pence.

Gratuities
Gratuities and tips are discretionary and are not usually included in a bill. The general custom is to give 10% to serving staff in restaurants. Cafes might have a collection box at the till and bar staff are not tipped but you are free to offer “have one for yourself”.

Emergency Services
Police, Fire, Ambulance:
Republic of Ireland, Telephone: 112 or 999
Northern Ireland, Telephone: 999

Gadgets
Plugs in Ireland are three-pronged, the same as in the UK and the electricity supply is also 230v. Adapters are widely available, and it’s a good idea to bring a couple for your various gadgets.

Public Transportation
National Coaches
Republic of Ireland: Bus Eireann
Northern Ireland: Translink

Dublin Buses
Leap Visitor Card is a prepaid pass that allows you to travel on all Dublin Bus, Airlink 747 buses as well as the Luas Light Railway Tram and DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) for up to 3 days.

Railways
Republic of Ireland: Irish Rail
Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Railways
The Dart (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) covers Dublin’s coast and city area from Howth and Malahide in north County Dublin via Dun Laoghaire in south County Dublin to Greystones in County Wicklow.
Luas light rail/tram service travels across the south and west of Dublin city including the city center areas.

Time Zone
Ireland functions on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). During the summer it becomes GMT+1, that’s Irish Standard Time (IST) in the Republic and British Summer Time (BST) in Northern Ireland.
For example, New York is Irish Time -5 hours & Los Angeles is Irish Time -8 hours.

Language
English is commonly used throughout Ireland although Irish is the official language and there are Irish speaking areas called the Gaeltacht where it is the predominant language.

Driving
You will need either a full valid national driving license or an international driving permit. Cars in Ireland drive on the left-hand side of the road and both driver and passengers are required to wear seat belts at all times by law. Signposts in Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) areas are written in Irish (Gaelic) so familiarise yourself with both English and Irish spellings before you set off for those parts. Northern Ireland uses miles per hour, while the Republic of Ireland uses kilometers for signage and speed limits.

Vaccinations
There are no vaccinations required to visit Ireland.


Testimonials

“Back from a great golf trip and thanks so much for your assistance. Hotels were outstanding and made for a wonderful relaxing trip.”
– Tim Dudich


“I wanted to let you know that our trip was one for the ages. We had more fun than I could have imagined.”
– Herb Bennett


“To say our group had an awesome time on our trip would be the understatement of the century.”
– John C. Granzow, CIMA


“I will have no hesitation in recommending your company for future use! I felt as if you and your company gave us top notch customer service and never batted an eye for what may have been odd questions – that type of service is hard to find. You really gave us personal service!”
– Leslie Wajda


“Trip was great – accommodations excellent.”
– Kathleen McCormack-Batterson


“This note is to praise Destinations Ireland and our driver, James Finn, who truly made our trip a pleasure!”
– Donna Long


“The trip was really great.  You did a fabulous job of picking the properties. Scotland is beautiful! It was a great trip. You scored again! Can’t wait for our next adventure.”
– Libby McGriff


“I wanted to let you know that the accommodations were fabulous throughout our trip. We were completely blown away, what a magnificent find. The house is simply breathtaking. A word on the drivers. I could not have asked for more accommodating or entertaining gentleman to escort us around. They were full of information, great stories, and advice. Really, really just wonderful guys all around.”
– Susanne McNeill


“A masterful job in creating and arranging such a phenomenal trip…”
– P.J. Fitzgerald


“We had a “dream trip” and you/your organization were a large part it making it all happen. Everything went smoothly and was more than we ever imagined! We are already talking about a return trip in a few years! Have to save our money. 🙂 Thanks again for all you did for us.”
– Nancy Capocy


“I cannot express how much I appreciate you making all the arrangements with such short notice & I just wanted to say Thank you again for all your help.”
– Susan Sanford


“All I do is talk about the wonderful trip, sites and your company and how we couldn’t have been happier with all the arrangements and people who set this wonderful trip up. Again thank you!!!”
– Janet Jenrick


“We had a wonderful time in Ireland and I appreciate all the reservations you made and the guidance your gave us.”
– Monica Kobasic


“I wanted to thank you for arranging a great trip to Scotland. The Channings, Culloden House, and Roxburghe House were fantastic…the best of accommodations, food, and customer service”
– Trina Girimont


“I wanted to thank you and Destinations Ireland and Beyond. We had an amazing experience. We loved all the hotels that you set us up with. Thank you for being so insightful, quickly giving us a speed course of Ireland and helping us decide where to go and what to see. I would highly recommend Destinations Ireland and Beyond as the best travel agency!”
– Donna and Ira Spector


“A lot of beautiful memories. THANK YOU for all of your planning and attention to detail,”
– Kathy Ross


“I just wanted to send you a thank you for all you did to make our trip the best! It was beyond our expectations! We loved all of our accommodations. I can’t say that I have a favorite because it all was perfect. We were not ready to come home and all look forward to visiting Ireland again.”
– Peg Cozzolino


“I want to THANK ALL OF YOU FOR A WONDERFUL TRIP. Ronelle and I had a marvelous time.”
– P.J. “Paul” Nicholson


“Thank You! for all your help arranging a wonderful visit to Ireland.”
– Ron & Jennifer Spielman


“Tim and I had a wonderful trip to Ireland thanks to your wonderful suggestions and arrangements. Everything was just perfect. We truly had a wonderful trip and are grateful for your services.”
– Jenny Popp


“Thank you for the great job you did arranging our trip to Ireland. Everything went wonderfully and the accommodations were the best.”
– Elizabeth Zechman


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